inform-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: inform or aquaint someone of a certain fact or knowledge

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] INFORM NP2[recipient] PP{P NP[topic]}
NOTE: According to sources, INFORM also has a intransitive usage. Could not find an example of this. But such construction would belong in this sense if semantically related.

The police informed us of the accident.
I informed my boss that I was going to be away next week.
He has informed himself about methods to promote web sites.
We were informed by mail of the change in plans.
The name of the dead man will not be released until his relatives have been informed.
Walters was not properly informed of the reasons for her arrest.

VerbNet: advise-37.9,tell-37.2
FrameNet: Telling
PropBank: inform.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: play an essential part in determining nature, shape, or structure

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] INFORM NP1[patient]

His religious beliefs inform his entire work.
Natural selection continue to inform modern science.
He wanted the school to better inform his theories of educational reform.
How do ethics inform medical decision making?

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: disclose confidential or incriminating information to an authority

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] INFORM AGAINST/ON NP2[patient]

The terrorists said that anyone caught informing on them would be killed.
How are citizens rewarded for informing against criminals?
Lucan actually was informing against his own mother.
The defendant informed against the other members of the ring.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Reporting
PropBank: inform.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3